3-alarm fire in Cumberland destroys two historic buildings


The Maryland State Fire Marshall is investigating after two historic buildings in Cumberland went up in flames Saturday morning.

Crews from both Maryland and West Virginia responded just after 3 a.m. to assist with the massive blaze.

According to officials, nearly 125 firefighters were on scene.

Officials say, the fire originated in 29 Prospect Square and caused significant damage to the adjoining building, 27 Prospect Square.

Both buildings consists of apartments that were unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Firefighters reportedly had a hard time accessing the flames in the rear of both buildings due to the construction and narrow alleys.

It took fire crews nearly four hours to get the blaze under control.

According to a tweet by the Maryland State Fire Marshall, the blaze also caused a roof to collapse.

Investigators estimated the damages are at $500,000.00.

The fire marshal's office described the buildings as two-and-a-half-story brick colonial structures.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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